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>> pelley: tonight, he's waited his entire presidency to say this: . >> the unemployment rate has fall on the its lowest level since i took office. >> pelley: it finally drops below 8%. mitt romney says "not good enough." >> there were fewer new jobs created this month than last month. >> pelley: reports from anthony mason, nancy cordes and jan crawford. sharyl attkisson looks into reports that the state department denied repeated requests for more security before the deadly attack on u.s. diplomats in libya. meningitis spreads to a seventh state. dr. jon lapook looks at what went wrong. and steve hartman "on the road" in search of a pumped-up pumpkin. >> we have a monster pumpkin coming.
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captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening, the dreadful string is broken. for the first time in 44 months the unemployment rate has fallen below 8%. the latest jobs numbers from the labor department were surprisingly strong. they show the unemployment rate was 7.8% in september. that is down three tenths of a point from august. the economy created 114,000 jobs and the labor department revised upward the job creation numbers for the previous two months. it now says 181,000 jobs were created in july and 142,000 in august. a total of 86,000 more than first reported. we asked anthony mason to tell us what's behind these improved numbers. >> reporter: in circle pines, minnesota, where dell corps systems makes food package
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magazines, c.e.o. dale anderson has 160 employees. >> i think the economy has really -- it's picking up. >> reporter: ryan is one of these new workers. after leaving his job in construction, he retrained to become a machinist. >> i chose manufacturing for the reasons that, you know, it's not -- doesn't seem as affected by small swings in the economy. >> reporter: dell corps tripled its research and development budget during the recession. it's paid off. anderson is building this new plant. >> that's the reason we're moving and we have plans to continue hiring. >> reporter: nationally the economy has added an average of more than $145,000 jobs over the past three months and unemployment has not been this low since january, 2009. >> yes, we're finally below that 8% level but it's still indicative of a slow-growth environment. >> reporter: michelle mier is senior u.s. economist for bank of america. 100,000 plus jobs is healthy but not impressive. >> and think about what we've come off of, the deepest postwar
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recession and adding about 100,000 or so jobs a month. it's not sufficient. >> reporter: much of the drop in the unemployment rate is due to the growth in part-time jobs. >> . >> i didn't even get responses to my resumes. >> reporter: 56-year-old amy crawford was forced to take a minimum wage job in a chicago restaurant. when she couldn't find full time work as a home designer. >> i'm almost at a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. i'm not confident in the economy. >> reporter: 40% of the unemployed have been out of work six months or more. that number did not drop last month. fed chairman ben bernanke said this week his concern is that growth just isn't fast enough to put people back to work. >> pelley: anthony, you mentioned that about 150,000 jobs are being created each month lately. what kind of difference does that make to the 12 million people who are still unemployed? >> not much is the truth, scott. that just keeps up with population growth.
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we need 200,000 jobs plus consistently for a while to make a dent in the unemployment rate. >> pelley: 200,000 a month. anthony, thanks very much. with just the 32 days to go before the election, of course, the jobs report was topic "a" among candidates. no president since f.d.r. has been reelected with an unemployment rate this high. since f.d.r., president reagan was reelected with the highest unemployment rate in 1984. during his first term, unemployment rose to 10.8%. by election day it was down to 7.2%, which looked so much better in comparison. for mr. obama, unemployment peaked in 2009 at 10%, now three e years later it's 7.8%. for both presidents, unemployment generally trended down all the way to election day. as you might expect, president obama and governor romney saw these numbers quite differently and we have two reports tonight. first, nancy cordes covering the
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president and she's in cleveland. nancy? >> reporter: scott, you could practically see the relief on the president's face today and not just because this news helped to change the subject from his shaky debate performance. high unemployment has been an albatross around his neck the past four years. today he mentioned the drop not once but twice starting at virginia. >> this morning we found out that the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since i took office. (cheers and applause) more americans entered the work force, more people are getting jobs. >> reporter: around steady rain in cleveland where president obama shared a coat with the supporter who introduced him, he made it clear to a crowd of 9,000 that he understands there's still a long way to go. >> there are too many friends and neighbors who are still looking for work. too many families who are still
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struggling to pay the bills. and they were struggling even before this recession hit. but today's news should give us some encouragement. it shouldn't be an excuse for the other side to try to talk down the economy just to try to score a few political points. >> reporter: these monthly jobs reports always cause great anxiety around obama campaign headquarters. they are keenly aware that the numbers can influence voters' impressions of the president's handling of the economy. there is just one more report coming between now and november 6, scott, and it comes just four days before election day. >> pelley: one more report coming but, remember, quite a few states are already voting. thank you very much, nancy. jan crawford is with the romney campaign in st. petersburg, florida, tonight, jan? >> reporter: scott, until today one of the most reliable lines in romney's campaign speeches was that under president obama the economy --
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the unemployment, that is, had not gone below 8%. now today he's saying that even though there's been this slight decline, this economy is nowhere near where it should be or where it could be if he were president. >> looks like unemployment's getting better. but the truth is, if the same share of people were participating in the work force today as on the day the president got elected, our unemployment rate would be around 11%. that's the real reality of what's happening out there. >> reporter: romney is basing that on the people actually in the work force. although some economists say the rate would be closer to 9% because much of the decline in the population is due to aging of the population. romney says the current employment situation shows the president's policies aren't working and that he knows how to create jobs. in an effort to sway independent and undecided voters, romney is making a direct appeal to the middle-class. >> even those that have jobs are having tough times. the middle-class is being squeezed with higher costs and
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with incomes that have gone down by $4,300 a family. this can't go on. >> reporter: now, romney's advisors say he will continue hammering that point. this is all to, as they put it, prosecute the case against the president on the economy. scott, that, of course, is something we saw starting in earnest in this week's debate. >> pelley: jan, thank you very much. governor romney is still trying to repair the damage from that secretly recorded videotape in which he said to a fund-raiser 47% of the people in the country are dependent on government, believe that they're victims and will never vote for him. on the fox news channel last night, mr. romney said he was "completely wrong." he went on to say his life has shown he cares about 100% and that, as the president, he will be about helping the 100%. that debate this week between the candidates drew more than 67 million viewers. that's 28% more than watched the
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first presidential debate four years ago. for more than three weeks since the terror attack on the u.s. consulate in libya there have been questions about security for u.s. diplomats in the weeks and the months leading up to that attack. sharyl attkisson learned today that a former top security official for the embassy in libya has been called to testify before congress next week. sharyl's in washington tonight. sharyl? >> reporter: a subpoena was issued for the official who is a national guard army green beret who headed up a special forces security team in libya he says his military group and a six member state department elite force called a mobile security deployment team were scheduled to leave libya in august one month before the benghazi assault, despite the fact that u.s. officials on the ground wanted them to be extended. lieutenant colonel andy wood, shown here returning from a previous mission, led a 16-member special forces site
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security team responsible for protecting u.s. personnel in libya. wood says he met daily with u.s. ambassador christopher stevens and security was a constant challenge. there were 13 threats or attacks on western diplomats and officials in libya in the six months leading up to the september 11 terrorist assault where ambassador stevens and three of his colleagues were killed. wood tells cbs news and congressional investigators that u.s. diplomatic personnel in libya repeatedly requested that security details be extended but the state department in washington, d.c.-- which he calls "state main" denied those requests. >> reporter: a senior state
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department official today told cbs news there was constant conversation about security but they say the nature of the attack was so lethal and overwhelming that a diplomatic post would not be able to repel it. sources say a total of three mobile security deployment teams left libya between february and august. in addition to the special forces team. that's 34 highly trainedded security personnel moved out in a six-month period. one state department source told cbs news the teams weren't pulled, that their missions, scott, were simply over. >> pelley: sharyl, thank you. drivers in california had a rude awakening this morning when they looked at the price of gasoline. the national average is $3.79 a gallon, but just look at the average in california. $4.495 gallon-- an increase of 17 cents overnight. ben tracy tells us what's driving the surge in prices in the golden state. >> reporter: at this station in north hollywood, the price of gas has jumped 66 cents in four
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days. sam krikorian is the owner. >> it's been killing everybody. it's going to kill the business. it's going to affect the economy. >> reporter: five days ago, he paid $30,000 to fill his 8,000 gallon tank. it will now cost him $50,000 for a refill. $20,000 more for the same rack, same refinery, same kind of gas which is -- doesn't make any sense. >> reporter: the price spike is being caused by the temporary loss of two california refineries. one caught fire in august and a power outage closed another this week. the state uses a special summer blend of fuel to cut down on smog and almost all of it is refined in california. tom robinson owns 34 gas stations. >> california is geographically isolated and california has special fuels and so you have to be able to not only get fuel here but it has to be at our specifications. >> reporter: some stations are at nearly $6 a gallon and could
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keep climbing for at least a week. what happens if this goes on for a couple weeks or a month? >> couple of weeks or month you're going to see a lot of independent people like me that are going to go out of business. >> reporter: sam krikorian is not out of business yet but he is closed for business. just 30 minutes ago they ran out of gas at his station here, they wrapped up the pumps with that yellow tape and, scott, he says he can't afford to fill the tank back up until fuel prices go down. >> pelley: ben, thank you. as a deadly outbreak of meningitis spreads, we'll look at how it happened. a long lost treasure reemerges because of the drought. and it all started 50 years ago today. when the "cbs evening news" continues. how can you get back pain relief that lasts up to 16 hours?
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compounding pharmacy. companies which fill a niche in the medical world. here, pharmacists combine ingredients to create special med-to-order medications, from something as simple as flavoring cough medicine to making injectable cancer drugs in a sterile environment. >> manufacturers make drugs for -- they make one drug for a million people. we make one drug for one specific patient. >> reporter: but the new england compounding company linked to the meningitis outbreak was running a different kind of operation. it shipped more than 17,000 vials of one drug to 23 states. it's unknown how many contaminated vials were used. compounding pharmacies are regulated primarily by state boards. the food and drug administration has limited authority over them so they do not have to meet the same standards as big drug companies. the compounding pharmacy industry has started to police itself, setting up an accreditation board requiring strict quality control. of the roughly 3,000 pharmacies making injectable drugs, leighter's pharmacy is one of only 162 with that
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accreditation. the massachusetts pharmacy which supplied the tainted steroids does not have it. leighter also takes an extra step. everything he makes is sent out for independent testing before he sells it. he's never had a problem. still, he's always on alert. >> you know, there's no guarantee that something's -- a mistake isn't going to happen and it's just that that kind of hangs over me. it's a lot of stress. >> reporter: scott, we contacted officials in the 23 states where the drug was shipped and we estimate that at least 5,000 people could have gotten the injected drug. >> pelley: jon, thank you very much. a historic ship that was lost in a flood has been recovered in a drought. the u.s.s. "inaugural" is peeking out of the mississippi in st. louis. it was a mine sweeper during world war ii and was turned into a floating museum. in 1993, it sank but with the mississippi drying up, it can be seen again. the world's best swimmer changes course.
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>> a radical islamic cleric is being flown to the u.s. tonight to face charges he tried to set up a terrorist training camp in oregon. abu hamza al-masri was turned over by the british who'd been holding him since 2004. he fought extradition, but today he lost his final appeal. michael phelps has won a record 22 olympic medals in swimming,
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now he's trying golf and have a look at what he did today at a pro/am tournament in scotland. >> 18 golds, two bronze, two silver, learning to play golf. here he is. look at this. where is this putt going? hey! this guy's 26 handy cap. he couldn't. he has! >> pelley: rather be lucky than good. that was a 153 foot put. maybe he's got a new career. pop music was forever changed 50 years ago today, the day that the beatles released their first single "love me do." in their hometown, liverpool, 1,600 people sang rounds of the song today, setting a world record. ♪ you know i love you ♪ i'll be true ♪ so please love me do
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>> pelley: "love me do" was the first of the beatles 50 hits. but it only reached number 17 on the british charts. it was released in the u.s. two years later and went straight to number one. the great pumpkin won't be rising out of this pumpkin patch. not without a crane it won't. "on the road" with steve hartman is next. want to try to crack it? yeah, that's the way to do it! now we need a little bit more... a little bit more vanilla? this is great! [ male announcer ] at humana, we believe there's never been a better time to share your passions... because the results... are you having fun doing this? yeah. that's a very nice cake! [ male announcer ] well, you can't beat them. [ giggles ] ohh! you got something huh? whoa... [ male announcer ] humana understands the value of spending time together that's a lot of work getting that one in! let's go see the birdies. [ male announcer ] one on one, sharing what you know. let's do it grandpa.
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>> >> pelley: we're always waiting for an october surprise. this year steve hartman found it not on the campaign trail but in the pumpkin patch, "on the road." >> i mean, it's history. >> reporter: history. >> pelley:>> it's actually hist. >> reporter: for david frerichs and pumpkin growers across the globe, this is the year they've been waiting for. the year they would hopefully get to see a pumpkin that makes these look like pomegranate seeds. that dwarfs even the 1500 pound giants you see at contests. a pumpkin so massive most growers thought the poundage was impossible. >> it would basically implode, that the shell of the pumpkin, the ribs inside, wouldn't be strong enough to hold that
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weight. >> reporter: like aerospace and its sound barrier. sports and its four-minute mile. the holy grail for giant pumpkin people has always been the one ton pumpkin. for decades growers have been pursuing this in vain. >> 1,507 pounds! >> reporter: a few months ago, rumors started circulating there were some giants growing in the backyard of this house in green, rhode island. even though the owner planted foliage to discourage looky-loos, people have been trying to get a peek. the grower, a country club manager named ron wallace, wanted to down play expectations until at least one of them got weighed. which happened last week. and sure enough it topped a ton. 2,009 pounds. here's the amazing thing-- that was his light pumpkin. the even heavier, even more grotesque tkpwraout was still in the garten. >> it's not a beauty contest. >> all summer long it's been
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putting up to 40 pounds a day. if it's putting on 30, 40 pounds a day you could almost watch it grow. >> there's no doubt about it. you can see it. >> pelley:>> reporter: of course is a science to, this which ron explained and which i didn't understand. >> atmospheric nitrogen. >> reporter: tick tell you i've driven to toledo in thingss that weigh less than this pumpkin. we won't tell you what -- know what it weighs until it goes to another competition but 21,00 pounds isn't out of the question. >> now everyone's saying let's go for 2,500 pounds. >> reporter: when is this going to stop? i'm worried about them taking over the earth. >> there has to be a limit. there's a limit on everything, i think. >> reporter: let's hope. god forbid he ever gets his hands on a brussel sprout. steve hartman, "on the road", in green, rhode island. >> and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, i'm scott pelley. see you sunday on "60 minutes."
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this is 9news now. >> some metro train passengers consider it a critical safety issue, but the transit agency says it is complying with the americans with disabilities act. those bumpy tiles are known as domes. people with visual impairment use those to figure out where the edge of the platform is. andrea mccarren explains, not every station in metro has them. >> we have 24 people here working who are blind. >> tony stevens and his colleagues at the national industries for the blind work right next to the braddock metro stop. but it does not have the bumpy tiles that indicate the end of a platform. >> it's not just the person wh

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